Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent seizures and is one of the most common neurological disorders. Seizures can have many symptoms ranging from brief sensations, movements, or confusion to convulsions. The frequency of these episodes range from more than once a day to less than once a year. Because the symptoms and frequency of seizures are so variable, making a diagnosis of epilepsy can be difficult. Some people with epilepsy experience seizures for several years before a correct diagnosis is made.
Part of the Neurosciences Institute, the Epilepsy Program at Albany Med is the only center in northeastern New York to offer expert and global management of this complex brain illness, and one of a few centers in New York to offer an incomparable degree of clinical competency. Albany Med’s adult comprehensive Epilepsy Program has been granted membership into the prestigious National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), becoming one of just six such programs in the state to be recognized. The program also received a Level 4 designation by the NAEC, the highest it offers, and shared by the best academic centers in the country. A Level 4 rating from the NAEC indicates a center offers the most advanced medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment options for epilepsy.
Each year, Albany Med performs more than 2,000 electroencephalograms(EEG) and evaluates more than 300 patients in its inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) for improved medical care or surgical cure. The epicenter of Albany Med’s program is the inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit, which offers the most advanced monitoring experience available today, including wireless brainwave recording. The EMU operates 24 hours a day and is staffed by dedicated epilepsy nurses and technologists.
|Dr. Anthony Ritaccio, professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Albany Medical College and director of the epilepsy and brain mapping program, discusses the region-exclusive benefits Albany Med’s comprehensive epilepsy center provides to patients.|
For two years, medications controlled Kevin Volk’s seizures caused by epilepsy, but didn’t stop them. Surgeons at Albany Med, using complex brain mapping techniques, were able to find and remove the part of Kevin’s brain that caused his seizures.
After enduring years of daily debilitating seizures, the Mahler family of New Jersey found the answer for Josh in Albany. Following cutting-edge surgery at Albany Medical Center, the teenager is seizure-free.